A clever device for driven golfers looking to improve all elements of their swing and ball striking. While a few things need to be ironed out from a user experience point of view, the Blast Golf Swing Analyser has the potential to transform the way you practice.
Measures a huge amount of metrics
Instant feedback via an app
Encourages meaningful, focussed practice sessions
Can be used indoors or outdoors
Sensor attaches to clubs rather awkwardly
Beginners will struggle to comprehend the data
By Dan Parker
Blast Golf Swing Analyser Review
The Blast Golf Swing Analyser is a sensor that attaches to the grip of any golf club and gathers data about your swing.
Alongside the free app, the swing analyser captures an incredible amount of data about your golf swing and quickly feeds back that information so you can work on things like tempo and attack angle to achieve a better swing.
Frustratingly, the only way to attach this small sensor to one of your golf clubs is via a grip attachment. This makes the club you attach it to about 2 inches longer and took a while to get used to. I also really struggled to get it over the grip of my putter, which doesn’t have an especially large grip.
This took a long time to get used to and it’s frustrating that the sensor doesn’t simply screw into the grip like we see on products from Arccos and Shotscope.
Moving onto the actual data itself, the breadth and depth of information that the Blast Golf Swing Analyser is seriously impressive, but I found it initially quite an overwhelming experience.
If you’re already au fait with statistics like angle of attack, swing tempo ratios and peak hand speed, this device will feed the data-centric way of improving your golf swing. Unfortunately, I’m not, and I feel like this device won’t be as useful to the beginner golfer.
The overwhelming nature of the statistics is only exacerbated by the fact the device comes with no instructions and thrusts you into the world of swing speed ratios with no real context. To really access all golfers, I feel like the device needs to hold your hand a bit more than it currently does.
In defence the lack of initial instructions, once you dive into the app there is a plethora of instructional videos and explainers.
The videos - led by the charming brand ambassador and putting guru Brad Faxon - are enjoyable and useful. The videos range from simple explainers on what each metric on the app means, to useful drills on putting and chipping.
If you’re a dedicated golfer - and a bit of a stat person - this is an extensive and immersive app.
The speed of the feedback, the accuracy of the data and the way it feeds it back is incredibly intuitive. When you're swinging, a simple red, amber and green banner lets you know when you’re in the right part of a specific metric.
It’s a fantastic way to practice with some intent on the range, as opposed to aimlessly hitting balls.
I found it especially useful with improving the tempo of my putting and mastering distance control with my wedges. A week or so of using the sensor while practicing my putting at home has given me a lot more confidence with the speed on my stroke.
If you’re after a device that can help you drill your short game, it’s hard to look past this.
I had a few issues with the app too. There was no option to register a hybrid club and instead had an option for a 1-iron - who still uses a 1-iron! I also couldn’t find a way to change the output from km/h to mph. This will be a quick fix in an update, but it was frustrating when I was testing.
Overall, I have to conclude it’s an excellent device, but only for the golfer who wants to take a deep dive down into improving ball striking and tempo. With an RRP of £149, it feels like very decent value for money considering what this device can offer the committed golfer in the long run.
For anyone who doesn't fall into this category, it feels like the Blast Motion Swing Analyser is a few updates and tweaks away from becoming a fully accessible swing analysing device.
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